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I got a legal opinion wrong because of my boss. What should I do next?

Asked by Jellie (6489points) October 12th, 2011

I wrote a legal opinion for another department of our company. I took it to my boss to see before sending it out and he said “just add this one thing in it and send it.” I added that one thing and that is the particular thing that was wrong. I had a gut feeling he was saying the wrong thing but I just trusted him. Now I’m kicking myself. Now it’s been referred back to me and most probably, my boss will not remember making the faulty suggestion. I’m very particular about my opinions and I am feeling terrible that I didn’t trust my gut with this!!!! GNAR!

Should I bring it to his notice that he told me to add it? Or will that look petty? How can I go about this?

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I would mention it to him, but in a light-hearted manner, like “Not a big deal, but this thing that was added, do you remember?” If he says no, just say “You told me to add it,” chuckling in a “nice ribbing sort of way”. If your boss likes you, he will take the light-hearted comment in a good way but also acknowledge his mistake. In that way, it saves both your butt and his face.

Bellatrix's avatar

Could you perhaps do it like .. “Oh do you remember you told me to add xxx into that legal opinion the other day?” Of course the risk is he says ‘No, I don’t remember that”.

Whether you mention it depends on how serious the error is. If it is a minor thing, you might not want to bother but then if it is a minor thing, he shouldn’t care if you do remind him either. If it is something more serious, I think it is fair to remind him it was his recommendation to include the information.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

If he’s a decent human he’s going to know what went wrong and if he isn’t a decent human he’s going to blame you for it, so I don’t think bringing it up would help either way. Just chalk it up to experience and remember to trust yourself in the future. If he tells you to add something next time, and you think it’s wrong, do a little research and then go back to him and ask him again in a polite manner about the matter.

wundayatta's avatar

He needs to learn, too. Do you want him to make the mistake again? If he’s so sensitive he can’t ever be wrong, you have greater problems than bringing this to his attention.

Judi's avatar

It really depends on what the reprocussions were of the faulty opinion. No one was waterboarded were they?

flutherother's avatar

I wouldn’t mention it, but I wouldn’t trust his judgment again.

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